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Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra both come from large musical families in Ireland and their mutual admiration for each other naturally developed into a stimulating musical relationship. Welcome to their harpsite!

MOYA BRENNAN, CORMAC DE BARRA VOICES & HARPS IV

Voices & Harps IV – the new album from Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra – is a tribute to the legend that is Mary O’Hara. From sell-out shows at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House to a BBC TV series and a catalogue of 29 albums, Mary’s voice & her harp brought Gaelic songs with Irish harp to a global audience, in a career that has spanned over six decades.

Moya and Cormac’s Voices & Harps IV draws on that repertoire of songs, both in English and Irish, and reimagines some of Mary’s best-known tracks – including Lord of the Dance, The Spinning Wheel, Song of Fionnuala (Silent O Moyle) and An Maidrín Rua – with Moya and Cormac’s creative musical synergy giving it their Voices & Harps touch.

Liam Clancy wrote how Mary’s music inspired him and others during the “folk revival” of the 1960s. Moya was equally inspired by her to take up the harp – following in Mary’s footsteps – starting in Sligo and going on to bring V&H music to the same global stages where Mary had played before her. 

What brings this story full-circle for both Moya and Cormac is that Mary’s first ever tour, was to the UK in 1954, as part of a harp trio with Cormac’s grandmother and his grand-aunt, Máirín (Mary’s harp teacher). Both were also the sources for Mary’s repertoire of Gaelic songs.

In 2024, 70 years later, Moya and Cormac have been taking these songs to new audiences around Europe on their touring schedule.

These connections all come together in a very special project that allows Moya and Cormac to pay honour to Mary.

Moya and Cormac had the privilege and pleasure to launch and perform their new album to Mary O’Hara on her 89th birthday in An Taidhbhearc Galway on May 12th. At the joyous event, organised by Harp Ireland, Mary was accompanied by members of her family, including her nephew, Sebastian Barry.

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